Sauternes, Chateau de Fargues

Step one of learning about sweet wines: Sauternes. This is a beautiful entry-level sweet wine made of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that have been affected by botrytis. Botrytis, or “Noble Rot” is a fungus that grows on the grape sucking it dry of water. Wine made from the dehydrated grape is a syrupy, condensed goblet of sweet goodness. These wines age incredibly well, and will surprise you with their structure and complexity away from thin sugary sweet wines you may have had. Sauternes is a protected region in Bordeaux. This Chateau de Fargues is very good value, unless you feel sassy and want to splurge on a bottle of Sauternes flagship Chateau d’Yquem.